Martha Verduzco-Ortega, born and raised in Hood River, Oregon. Daughter of immigrant parents who migrated in the 70's to Oregon from Mexico, and where they decided to start a family.
Martha, integrated in the music industry at the young age of 10, along with her family where she traveled all over the Northwest, performing with her family band. This is where she discovered her passion to serve for her people.
Through music she connected with her GENTE, and she knew she had a mission to help make a difference. Soon after, she got involved with community leaders and expanded her experience in both organizing, and the ¡si se puede, movement!
In 2015, Martha launched Hood River Latino Network and Verduzco Services. The goal was to provide resources for their Latinx community and offer hope to those without a vote or voice. She also joined the ROP BOARD in 2017 and serves as the Chair. Early this year she became part of the Board for the Hood River County Parks & Recreation. Martha works on the leadership team of Gorge ICE Resistance and is one of the lead Organizers of Hood River Rapid Response Team. In addition to forming and organizing these groups, Martha has also organized rallies in support of Dreamers, served as a spokesperson during the hunger strikes at NORCOR regional jail, and helped organize other leaders in Hood River to meet with and challenge the mayor and county commission to take action on their local jail’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Martha hit the ground running with her activism and has become a true force in the Gorge. Her heart, commitment, and extraordinary instincts make her an incredible leader to our community.
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